Tim D'Annecy

Graduate student in North Carolina

Class notes - 513 (Resource selection and evaluation)

October 3, 2016

The professor started the class by discussing the second homework assignment, the Annotated Collection Development Policies. It was recommended that students should select two different policies to review as soon as possible.

The professor then discussed e-books and the difficulties they present from a collection development policy.

September 26, 2016

The professor started the class by talking about budgeting and allocating money for libraries. The discussion began by discussing how to “keep the wolves away,” meaning that in some situtations, you have to do preventative measures to prevent your library from getting cut. Budgets change and 99% of the time, they get reduced.

September 21, 2016

A guest speaker started the class by talking about the experiences and competencies of librarians working in science libraries.

September 19, 2016

The professor started the class by splitting the class up into pairs. Then, the pairs then evaluated resources based on several appeal factors, or “how people choose books to read.” My book was Huckelberry Finn.

Community needs and selection

The professor noted that general interests, work roles, education, demographics, technologies and resources that are already available, and other criteria.


  • Community analysis

    • The article from Cronenberger & Luck are important to note as they find there can be informal and formal methods of community analysis done, giving different results.

    • Goals and objectives are critical to understand before going into the community.

  • Information needs analysis

  • Needs assessment

  • Information audit

  • Needs analysis

  • User studies

  • Market analysis


  • Community walks

  • Demographic data

  • Observation

  • Interaction with other resources/collections in the area

September 12, 2016

The professor started the class by continuing the discussion about the longevity of libraries and their relationships and responsibilities to the communities in which they works.

Evans and Sapanaro

The professor then moved to discuss the article from Evans and Sapanaro, noting that they make several important points. First of all, libraries are physical places. They are tasked with collecting important information, promoting literacy, organizing materials, providing assistance with research and locating materials, and preservation of information. The class noted that the contention that libraries be physical places is a bit outdated. In many of their experiences, there are

It was noted that most of our discussions about collection development, we have to take inter library loan into account. Smaller libraries rely on JIT (Just In Time) delivery where they can request items from partner libraries. Larger libraries can rely on a JIC (Just In Case) approach where they can hold items for users, even if those items are never checked out.

Assignment 1

The professor noted that there are several important things to take into account when evaluating a resource.

  • Format (print, electronic, illustrations)

  • Scope (purpose, coverage, currency)

  • Relation to similar works (unique, new edition, conference proceedings)

  • Authority (who is the author, editor, publisher)

  • Treatment (accuracy, objectivity, intended audience)

  • Arrangement (sequence, indexing)

  • Cost (price, licensing - especially with state government)

My book is Debates in the Digital Humanities, a digital book published to address some of the changes in the field.

Electronic collection building

The professor then discussed what factors to take into account when building an electronic collection. These digital sources include full text databases, e-books, digitizing existing books (Project Gutenberg or Google Books), numeric databases, institutional repositories, music, art, law, medicine.

Issues with electronic acquisitions

The class noted that licensing is probably the most important thing to take into account when looking to expand your collection. The professor noted that licensing also includes a lot of connected concepts. There are ownership issues, access issues, payment differences, support, and a lot of other technical issues that are intertwined.

The professor then moved to discuss to some of the issues encountered when adding materials to your library in general. These issues include issues in content, access, support, cost (ROI), legal issues, and many other interconnected issues that cannot be separated from the content.

Leasing vs. ownership

Some of the advantages to leasing includes a built-in support system where you are not liable for outages or other technical issues. A disadvantage to this, however, is that if that product or company fails, you are powerless to do anything.

Acquisition terms

The professor then noted several important acquisition terms:

  • Aggregated package - Content which is based on agreements between vatious publishers and the aggregator. The content is not always stable and titles may change.

  • Aggregator - A third party providing full-text access to articles, books through common interfaces.

  • Embargo - Limitations on access to a resource usually to prevent cancellations of individual subscriptions. An example of an embargo is when a publisher website provides current issues of a specific journal while an aggregator will only provide issues older than one year. These lengths vary and in some cases can be considered a “moving wall.”

  • Ephemera or fugitive material - Matieral of everyday life that is not usually collected. Items such as pamphlets, fliers, performance programs, and comic books can be considered ephemera or fugitive material. The class noted that these items are often collected by university repositories and stored in applicable special collections, but this is not part of what most libraries collect.

E-book package analysis

The professor then projected a comparative list that details an e-book package price list and discussed some of the caveats that go into this offer. The class also noted that while sometimes the Devil is in the details, in the case of this price list, there may be small benefits that are in the details that aren’t as easily articulated, but are critical to differentiating between them.

September 7, 2016

The professor started the class by noting that she has uploaded a reading schedule document to Sakai that we can use to read ahead and anticipate when assignments are due through the end of September.

Additionally, she noted that the assignment instructions are usually listed next to the schedule, but in most cases, they’re all due on Sakai.

Assignment 1 information

The professor then discussed the overview of Assignment 1. She noted that it is difficult to narrow a review down into something that’s 350-500 words, but it can and should be done for practice writing in professional settings.

Implied from the assignment type, the professor noted that the tone of the resource should be directed towards influencing or encouraging the administration or procurement team. It was also noted that it should be a title with which we have not previously read, but a subject in with or an author in whom we are interested. This assignment is also to encourage us to publish without having to write entire articles or chapters.

Group work

The professor then split up the class into groups based on which articles that people read for this meeting.

Collection selection criteria

In introducing the German library system, the professor projected a presentation of several collection development policy differences. Despite these, all libraries can use these criteria to make a better collection:

  • Format (print, electronic, illustrations)

  • scope (years, geographic, topical)

  • Relation to similar works (volumes, series)

  • Authority (who is the author or publisher)

  • Treatment (accuracy, objectivity, who is intended audience)

  • Arrangement (sequence indexing)

  • Cost (price, licensing, especially with state government)